March 29, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After dropping a 6-1 Conference USA decision to UCF on Friday morning, East Carolina rebounded to down North Carolina Central by a similar 6-1 score in the evening match at the ECU Tennis Complex.
With the split, the Pirates move to 11-7 overall while the Knights improve to 11-5 and the Eagles fell to 10-5.
In the opener, UCF rolled to the doubles point by sweeping all three sets. Melis Tanik and Yilian Zhang battled Caroline Eberhart and Courtney Griffith at No. 2 before falling 8-6, while ECU's No. 3 tandem of Dana Gray and Danielle Terpko also turned in a competitive effort during an 8-5 setback.
Tanik won her singles bout at the No. 2 position over the Knights' Jenna Doerfler in straight sets (6-3, 6-0), but she was the only Pirate to triumph as UCF captured the remaining five singles matches - dropping only two sets.
Gray and Terpko set the tone from the outset against the Eagles as their 8-0 victory over Julia Aguilar and Brianna Gatson in doubles was complemented by an 8-1 triumph from Tanik and Zhang to clinch the opening point.
In other singles action, Neena Wanko topped Olesya Palko 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1, Tanik dismissed Ekaterina Nekrasova 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 and Terpko cruised past Rebecca Wood 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. N.C. Central avoided the shutout and tallied its only point with Aissa Muamba's 6-2, 6-4 victory over Zhang in a No. 3 meeting.
The Pirates will return to action Thursday when it begins a three-day, three-match roadswing at Richmond beginning at 2:00 p.m. ECU will follow by visiting George Washington and Georgetown on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before returning home to face UNC Greensboro on April 10.
UCF 6, EAST CAROLINA 1
No. 1 - Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Jenna Doerfler (UCF) 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 - Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 - Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0
No. 5 - Courtney Griffith (UCF) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 - Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 0-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 1 - Haraldson/Lorbergs (UCF) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 8-4
No. 2 - Eberhart/Griffith (UCF) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 8-6
No. 3 - Baptista/Doerfler (UCF) def. Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) 8-5
Team Records: UCF 11-5 (1-1 C-USA), East Carolina 10-7 (0-1 C-USA)
EAST CAROLINA 6, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 1
No. 1 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Olesya Palko (NCCU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Ekaterina Nekrasova (NCCU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Aissa Muamba (NCCU) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 - Danielle Terpko (ECU) def. Rebecca Wood (NCCU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Brianna Gatson (NCCU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Abby Richmond (ECU) def. Julia Aguilar (COASTAL) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 - Nekrasova/Wood (NCCU) vs. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 4-3, did not finish
No. 2 - Tanik/Zhang (ECU) def. Muamba/Palko (NCCU) 8-1
No. 3 - Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) def. Aguilar/Gatson (NCCU) 8-0
Team Records: North Carolina Central 10-5, East Carolina 11-7